In the Heart of the Langhe
ICONIC WINE | Autore Asia Bernardini
An artistic and architectural heritage is found amidst vineyards, castles, and medieval hamlets, a patrimony that is one of the most important and unique in Piedmont. There, Tenuta Prunotto is spread over hills and small sloping valleys with rows of vines. The estate covers approximately 65 hectares in the Langhe and Monferrato areas, divided into smaller plots and single vineyards where great red wines are produced. With due respect for Piedmontese traditions, wines from white grapes are also produced such as Moscato d’Asti and l’Arneis, as well as an innovative rosé and two grappas, Barolo Bussìa and Nizza Riserva DOCG Costamiòle. The winery represents the perfect
balance of tradition and innovation, using the most modern technology to express and interpret the many nuances of this historic and excellent winemaking territory. The experience at Prunotto begins in the heart of Barolo with an introduction to Alba’s historic winery, its centuries-old history and its wine production.
It continues with a visit to the Colonnello vineyard and Bussìa’s beautiful amphitheater vineyard, where grapes were harvested to produce the first vintage of this prestigious cru of Barolo in 1961. Prunotto’s production philosophy has always been directed primarily to the vineyard, thanks to a selection of first-rate vineyards and seeking the maximum territorial expression in the production of high quality grapes, which is naturally followed by rigorous and careful work in the cellar. Adjacent to the historic site from 1970 designed by the architect Della Piana, a new winery was built in 1999 for vinification and aging: which draws on the most modern production technologies to best interpret the magic of the Langhe “terroir”.
For Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo, older 100-hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels that were used since the ‘70s have been replaced with large Allier and Slavonian oak barrels of various sizes – 27, 32, 53, and 77 hectoliters – more suitable to enhance the potential of each individual vineyard and wine. The use of tanks has also been introduced over the years. The company carries out studies, research and experiments in the vineyards, giving special attention to sustainable agriculture and manual processing. Every year, every harvest, methods and timing are assessed for the best care and management of the vineyard and production of every individual wine, enhancing their style and
elegance together with the characteristic features of the vintage and its potential. The most important historical production areas are Bussìa, Bussìa Vigna Colonnello, Costamiòle, Bansella, Bric Turot, Pian Romualdo and Occhetti. In 2015 Prunotto renovated the property’s farmhouse located in a breathtaking position on the Bussìa Vineyard and restored the cellar in order to vinify and refine the Colonnello Barolo Bussìa RIserva DOCG Vineyard on site. The Bussìa farmhouse today also houses a space dedicated to hospitality, where you can have a guided visit and tasting experience, and appreciate the uniqueness of this extraordinary cru. Take a journey with the senses among history, tradition, and taste.